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Gawker threatened with lawsuit over story on Donald Trump's hair

Gawker Media is being threatened with yet another lawsuit, this time over a story about Donald Trump and his (alleged) thousand-dollar hair plugs.

For the article, published in May, Gawker's Ashley Feinberg investigated whether Trump's hair is actually a "$60,000 weave," based on information from an anonymous tipster. The source told Gawker that Trump sought a hair restoration treatment called a "microcylinder intervention," performed by Ivari International, a company with a New York office conveniently located inside Trump Tower.

Ivari International's owner, Edward Ivari, had a letter sent to Gawker on his behalf calling the story "false and defamatory," and claiming invasion of privacy and emotional distress, The Verge reports. The letter demands Gawker take the story down, post an apology, and name the sources, or face legal action; Gawker says the "defamatory" statements are from Ivari's own marketing materials and public records. The letter was sent by Charles J. Harder, the same lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan in his successful lawsuit against Gawker, financed by billionaire Peter Thiel.

Not that I'm concerned about getting sued or anything, but let it be known that I find Trump's hair to be the definition of billionaire chic. If it were a vegetable, it would be corn (but just the luxurious silk part). If it were a fairy tale, it would be Rumplestiltskin, turning straw into gold. And if it were a sugar-laden treat, it would be wispy cotton candy of indeterminate color, the kind you'd find only at the classiest, most unbelievable carnival in the world.